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Toward Safe Accessibility of Opioid Pain Medicines in Vietnam and Other Developing Countries: A Balanced Policy Method

Citation:

Eric L. Krakauer, Nguyen Thi Phuong Cham, Syeda Asra Husain, Nguyen Thi Hai Yen, David E. Joranson, Luong Ngoc Khue, Martha A. Maurer. Toward Safe Accessibility of Opioid Pain Medicines in Vietnam and Other Developing Countries: A Balanced Policy Method, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 49(5):916-922.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2014.10.012

Moderate or severe pain is common among people with advanced cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Yet despite agreement that pain relief is a human right, the poorest 80% of the world's population rarely have access to strong opioid analgesics. Excessively restrictive opioid policies, especially in developing countries, both stem from and propagate misguided fears about opioids, so-called opiophobia.